tv Eisenhower 1956 Election Eve Program CSPAN November 7, 2016 8:01pm-9:03pm EST
>> with election day tomorrow, american history tv takes a look now at programs produced by past presidential campaigns that aired on national television the night before the general election. first the program from the 1956 eisenhower campaign. after that, we hear from president lyndon johnson in a 1964 broadcast. later, a look at the 1972 campaign between president richard nixon and senator george mcgovern. road to the white house rewind brip rewind brings you archival coverage of the presidential races. up next, the 1956 presidential campaign of dwight eisenhower, airing on the eve of the general election, including eisenhower rallies from around the country and remarks from the white house by the president and vice president nixon. president eisenhower defeated
stevenson in 1956 winning the popular vote 5 7-42%. this is just under an hour.7-42. this is just under an hour. tonight the presidential campaign of 1956 comes to its dramatic climax. the campaign would have turned president eisenhower to four more years in the white house. you're looking at the white house on this evening of november 5, 1956. just there in front of the executive mansion, is lafayette park. and on the four corner stand the giant strat us of two frenchman, laughat and row sham bow, impression, and great polish general, four who helped win america her freedom. now perhaps in the distance behind the white house, you can see the towering washington monument. those on the very spot, washington had originally selected as a site for a memorial to all those who had fought and died in the
revolutionary war. now it's a world landmark to honor him. tonight, citizens for eisenhower/nixon, democrats, independents and republicans re-electing eisenhower and richard m. nixon for the final salute in the final hour of the presidential campaign. we're here if the library of the white house. washington himself laid the corner stone of this house. and its first resident, john adams, wrote a prayer that's carved in the mantle of the state dining room. a prayer that moved all the presidentes who followed him. i pray heaven to bestow the best of blessings on this house, he wrote. and on all that who shall here after inhabit it. a wise man have a rule under this roof. this is john cameron swayze. president and mrs. eisenhower
and vice president and mrs. nixon are watching this victory report from another room upstairs in the white house. they will be down here later on to join us. throughout america tonight, there are hundreds of victory rallies in progress. we're going to visit some of these rallies in the course of this hour. we're going to show a film made in boston on election eve four years ago tonight so that we can see and hear in the president's own words the promises he made to us in 1952. we'll also see how he kept his promises. and now, let's take a quick preview of some of the victory rallies going on from coast to coast. let's take a look at san francisco. there you can see part of the crowd that gathered on famous knob hill in san francisco. i guess there is no more romantic spot in the united states than there.
now let's look over in philadelphia. this is a glimpse after victory rally in progress on the campus of the university of pennsylvania in philadelphia. incidentally, we'll be back in a little bit to visit with them some more. that will be in just a few moments. now let's take a look at detroit. obviously they're going to have a fine rally there in detroit. a matter of fact, it's under way. the kind you would expect from the great state of michigan. these are just some of the cities that we'll be visiting live tonight. now back to the white house. you know, this is a beautiful house. more than a million americans come here each year. and no one fails to feel the tingle of pride and patriotism that this house stirs. there are clocks in the white house that james monroe, our fifth president, placed here almost 150 years ago. time pieces to mark the time of great events and great men from
jackson to lincoln to eisenhower. well, i've been here in washington, i did a little research. i found that president washington took eight days to go by stage couch from mount vernon to philadelphia for his first inaugural. in the last eight days, in the same time washington traveled 240 miles, mr. president you visited miami, jacksonville, richmond, and philadelphia and traveled ten times as far and still managed to spend every night right here in the white house. mr. president and mrs. eisenhower, mr. vice president and mrs. nixon, there are hundreds of citizens for eisenhower/nixon rallies going on all over america tonight. this program is a victory report for townis, cities and states, swinging to the eisenhower/nixon ticket. to everything the bible says, there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.
this is a time for sober thought and reflection. a time when citizens bring final judgment and the people exercise their common will. you know, 100 years ago it took the faster clipper ship of her day, the flying cloud, 89 days to go from the east coast to san francisco but it takes us only split second to reach the west coast tonight. so tom franklin, what's going on in san francisco, california? >> there's lots going on in san francisco. we're here on top of the hotel, the background by the likes of this beautiful city and the bay bridge that connects two great california communities, san francisco and oakland. all these people, mr. president, and mr. vice president, are your enthusiastic supporters. and here to speak for them is an old friend, red bay. >> mr. president, this silty is great tonight.
seems everyone is shouting, "we want ike." we have a crowd of wonderful americans with you tonight. in fact we have some who want to come and tell you why they are for you and why thief got to have you in the white house again. general morecy, done a wonderful job for you and wonderful friend of all of us and yours too. >> thank you, red. during the past four years, president eisenhower has demonstrated magnificent leadership. and we want to continue his type of leadership, especially during these perilous times. with president eisenhower in the white house, we can feel confident that this great nation of ours is in the hands of courageous, honest and efficient leadership. >> thank you, very much, general. >> red, i know that a lot of our viewers remember what a highlight their first vote was, and that's what it will be tomorrow for betty chin. >> betty, what do you have to say for the president? >> mr. president, i'm voting for you, not only because i admire
you as a person, but because i'm confident that you can meet the young people of america through four more promising years. god bless you, ike. >> thank you, betty, that was wonderful. >> red, here is a san francisco attorney, who is a registered democrat, terry francois. >> mr. president, i'm very happy to be here as one of your enthusiastic supporters on the eve of your reelection. i'm confidence you will continue, as you have if past, to use your high office to protect the fundamental rights of all of the citizens of the united states. >> wonderful, terry, thank you. >> new citizen from and old country. >> mr. president, i'm a hungarian citizen. formally from budapest. voting for the first time in the united states election. mr. president, i shall vote for you because i believe we will to be to -- >> excuse me, we have to go to mrs. kathleen norris. one of the most beloved women in the san francisco and california
area. >> mr. president -- mr. president, i am very proud to speak tonight for the thousands of california women who are going to give you four more years in the white house and us four more years of confidence and affection and security. we want to ask a favor of you and mrs. eisenhower. when the votes are counted tomorrow, won't you come back to san francisco and visit us again. >> oh thank you. >> this is tom franklin in san francisco. and california is solid for ike and dick. now back to the white house in washington, d.c. >> well, it looked good. next we will hopscotch from the pacific coast to lake michigan and to chicago. once described as a city of magnificent intentions. so dick noble, what's going on in chicago, illinois? >> mr. president, one magnificent intention of these citizens of chicago is to win illinois for eisenhower. and win it, we will. as you can see, there will be no
running up of air activity until the polls close. here is the chairman of the citizens committee for eisenhower and nixon. >> mr. president, we are delighted to have you visit us here in our state headquarters tonight and these closing moments of the campaign. we've had so many people working and we want to have you meet just a few of them. among our volunteers is ms. lydia petter who has just come back from her group after canvassing 60 of the most difficult precincts here have here in the city of chicago. i will ask you to make a brief statement to the president regarding your canvas, if you will. >> president eisenhower, we were worried about these areas in the beginning because they are heavily democratic. i'm happy to report our reception was magnificent. these people switch to you because they trust your judgment as we all do in the tense situations we're facing now in the europe and the middle east. >> thank you very much, lydia. over here mrs. young, co-chairman of our women's
division. ruth, i think the women have done a positively amazing job here in illinois. >> thank you, sam. mr. president, thousands of illinois women have deep admiration for the integrity and wisdom which you have brought to your office. your deep and wonderful knowledge liberal approach to the human problems and your conservative views of the people's money is most inspiring. >> thank you very much, rose young. and mr. president, we have a number of people working here tonight who just came back from door bell ringing who are too young to vote tomorrow. here are a couple of very fine examples. ms. june howl and mr. down monroe, both high school seniors. i will ask you, don, if you would like to say a ward to the president. thank you, don. >> we young people are behind you for many reasons. those of us in our group are old enough now to be thinking of facing military service.
we feel you are our great hope for peace in the world. >> now for our negro citizens, over 150 of our negro pastors publicly announced support of you. among them is reginald arch bald kerry. >> thank you. president eisenhower, you have done more than any president since abraham lincoln to emancipate negro americanes from the status of second class citizenship. in appreciation of this, sir, millions of americans of every color and creed and kind who love freedom are going to the polls on tomorrow and vote an overwhelming approval of your all-american performance. >> thank you, dr. kerry. good luck tomorrow, mr. president. >> you've been looking in on citizens for eisenhower and nixon headquarters here in chicago where the tremendous
case of activity for your election will go on through tomorrow. this is dick noble in chicago. tomorrow we will follow california in the great victory tomorrow. now back to the white house in washington, d.c. >> good enough, illinois. comes time now to skip from lake michigan to the east coast to philadelphia. so bob graham p, let's hear from you. what's going on in philadelphia, pennsylvania? >> this is the campus of the university of pennsylvania. mr. president, i'm pretty sure you can hear and see the enthusiasm of all the youth here in this area. we're having a torch light parade and big gigantic monster rally, a victory rally, on the eve of the election in 1956. we have here present in the crowd first voters, mr. president. hardworking men and women who are holding down jobs in the factories here in philadelphia, as well as hundreds and hundred hes of college students attending pennsylvania and other great universities and colleges here in philadelphia. mr. president, we're very proud of the fact one of our most famous citizens, ben gentleman
mink franklin within founder of the university of pennsylvania, although he was never president, is one of the four men who his bus occupies one of the places of honor, the east room and the white house in washington.y occ of honor, the east room and the white house in washington. occu of honor, the east room and the white house in washington.t occ of honor, the east room and the white house in washington. we will speak to students here at the rally at university of pennsylvania. can you tell me why you're voting for ike? >> i think eisenhower restored integrity to the office and will give us four more years of government. >> thank you very much. young lady, your name, please. >> arlene, hardy. >> arlene, why are you for ike? >> i'm for ike because he helped the young people of america and we should vote for him in the near future. >> thank you very much. off here, may i have your name, sir? >> john clay. >> what do you do? >> go to school. work all day and go to school at night. why are you voting for ike?
>> because first of all he promised he will do something to help all-americans be americans. and he kept that promise because he desegregated the nation's capitol, the public schools, and for various reasons i feel that ike has the party for the negro in the future. >> thank you. thanks a lot. let me have this man right here. sir, your name please. >> david butter worth. >> you went to college here? >> yes, dental school. >> where are you from? >> illinois. >> why are you voting for ike? >> i feel strongly about civil rights. >> i think you can hear from all this locomotive "we like ike" here, that that means pennsylvania will join illinois and california at the victory polls tomorrow for you, president eisenhower. and now we return you to the white house in washington, d.c.
♪ ♪ >> mr. president, we're going to hop from historic philadelphia to the capital of the automobile industry. let's see what is going on in detroit, michigan. >> this is detroit. where thousands of democrats, republicans, and independent for ike and dick have gathered on this election evening. mr. president and mr. vice president, we're celebrating on the eve of your election with a gigantic parade and victory rally. you can see the hundreds of cars that stretch in the distance. first of all, mr. president, i would like to thank mr. vince ept murray, president of the newly formed eisenhower labor committee and also a member of local 8889 of the united auto workers. mr. murray? >> good evening, mr. president. i speak for thousands of working people who pledged their support to the eisenhower labor committee. we intend to cast our votes for you tomorrow. because under your
administration, american labor achieved the greatest economic gains of any like period in our nation's history. we believe that the american workers' vote is not by the labor leaders. we intend to act and vote as individuals. and we like ike! >> thank you very, very much mr. murray. right next to me, mr. president, is mr. and mrs. robert yule. mr. yule runs a small accounting firm here in detroit and handles bookkeeping for many of our small accounting firms. >> we call business in michigan, if i could thank you, one for balancing the budget and streamlining your departments. and we also thank you for allowing the more freedom and running his business. along that line of freedom is now easier to start and own a small business in united states than ever before in our history. >> thank you, very much, mr.
yule. now introducing to you, mr. president, a working grandmother here in the city of detroit and would like to tell you how she feels about the american family. mrs. jones? >> mr. president, you have served your country and served it well. america has enjoyed prosperity, progress, peace at home. your devotions to mrs. eisenhower, family life, can well be an example to the american home, american youth. for that alone, mr. president, i will cast my ballot for your victory tomorrow, november 6th. >> thank you very much, mrs. jones. now next to me is a young lady by the name of dorothy who works in the custom relations department of the michigan consolidated gas company. >> mr. president, as an active member of women's organizations for the past ten years i would like to thank you for having placed 118 qualified women in
policy making posts. >> thank you very much. our cameras pick up the tremendous motorcade passing through the streets of detroit. and we're giving you a salute mr. president and mr. vice president that can be heard throughout the whole city. michigan will lead the victory parade tomorrow. this is don carly in detroit, returning you now to the white house in washington, d.c. >> now mr. president, and mr. vice president, we're going to visit the farm country in the heart of america's great midwest. chuck exington wlab , what is going on in springfield, missouri?, what is going on in springfield, missouri? >> here in springfield, missouri, we are standing by a bar owned by a couple. these people in this area are having their own kind of rally, a special barn warming. we will send you back to washington for four more years. now let's look at activity here
in the barn. folks, here is our hostess. how are you? >> oh thank you. marjorie. and i'm glad you can be with us tonight at the reelection party. >> hi. >> how you doing? >> chuck. >> how are things on the farm the past few years? >> good, chuck. i would like to say to mr. eisenhower for promoting us here in springfield. how much we appreciate the work he's done for piece and now we know we can trust on him to do it for the next four years. and now like here, the president a good friend of mine -- a dairy farmer. mr. president, from dairy farmers, i want you to know, we are for you. >> thank you. hello, my friend. who are you? where are you from? >> springfield. >> your job? >> dairy processing plant. mr. president, we appreciate the
restoration to the presidency and integrity of your administration. >> thanks a lot, mr. cody. hi, friend, who are you? >> a springfield, missouri farmer. >> you been here long? >> three generations. we are pleased with our administration. thank you. >> thank you. nice to talk to you. hello there, buddy. who are you? >> oh howard williams. >> where you from? >> frankville, missouri. >> what do you do? >> owner and operator of a hotel here in springfield. i hope veterans get out to vote for eisenhower and i will in the morning. >> as you know these barn mormons are family fairs. you ought to see what i have over here. hi, kids, who are you? >> this is barbara and my big brother. >> wow. >> we want to say we would vote for you too, mr. eisenhower. and my sister wants to give you a kiss.
>> mr. eisenhower, we know that nine days from now, mrs. ey eisenhower is having a birthday. we want to be the first to wish you, mamie, a very happy birthday. >> happy birthday. >> now in springfield, missouri, the farmers of america will return you, mr. president, and mr. vice president, for four more years. now back to the white house in washington. >> all right, and now let's visit another of our great city. down in the southwest to see what is going on in houston, texas. >> we like ike! we like ike! we like ike! >> this is cam carl mann, as ca you see a rally with the greatest as the rest of them. c you see a rally with the greatest as the rest of them.
this is symbolic of all of the texans who will go to the polls tomorrow to vote for you mr. president. down here we are mighty proud of our two great illustrious sons. sam houston, first president of the republican texas and dwight eisenhower, who will serve a second term as president of the united states. is now mr. president, we would like to have you meet some of the citizens of the greatest nation in the union. here is the typical one. your name, sir? >> eh marks. i now have always been on the ranch. >> what do you think of eisenhower? >> i tell you, i'm man never on the fence. when we plant, we know what we are going to receive for our work just like any other man that works. and when i voted for ike, i thought i was the best democrat in 52 and i'm going to do it again tomorrow. >> fine, thank you, sir. your name please, ma'am? and your occupation? >> secretary. >> and would you like to tell the president personally why you're for him?
>> yes, i would. because i think you're capable president, mr. eisenhower. i'm confident with you in office and i feel safer knowing you're in the white house. >> your name, sir? >> mike hayes. >> your occupation? >> just graduated college and i'm waiting to go into the service. to me the most important issue is the issue of international affairs. and it is best preparing to serve us as commander-in-chief. >> this lady, your name please, ma'am. >> marcela perry. >> your occupation? >> house wife. >> would you like to tell the president why you're for him? >> yes, i would. four years ago mr. president you promised to return the lands to texas and you kept that promise and now that money goes into our school fund. as a mother after child in school, that's most important to me. >> there you are, mr. president. texans for eisenhower. listen to them.
♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ i've been working on the railroad all the live long day ♪ i'm on the bayou to get away ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ >> we're with you all the way again in '56. now back to the white house in washington, d.c. >> well, there's plenty of eb th enthusiasm at those rallyes. as we told you, the president and vice president, together with mrs. eisenhower and mrs. nixon are watching this program upstairs here in the white house along with you.
we'll be hearing from both the president and vice president a little later on. you know, you can't be in the white house without feeling its history. and the people who have lived here, events big and small. one president was married here. another liked to sit before a log fire talking to young people. that was andrew jackson. since i've been here, i learned that. theodore roosevelt's children roller skated up and down the hauls and brought their gunea pigs, birds and snakes to the white house. you know one of the buys took his pony right up to his bedroom. and in places here, you handle the spirit of lincoln. and not only in the house but in lafayette park. where he used to walk occasionally. and drop in to the little church that presidents have gone to since madison. it's hard to believe that we saw more people on television tonight, i'm sure, than lived here in washington. there were barely 3,000 people when president adams moved in as
first president to reside here. now on election eve, four years ago, president eisenhower made one of his most eloquent statements. a statement which contained ten beliefs. ten pledges to the american people. we have a film recording in television we called a kenscope that was made as the president was speaking ale and while the quality of a picture four years old may not compare with what you've seen live on this program, it is important for all of us to listen again to the words that dwight d. eisenhower spoke exactly four years ago tonight. may we see the film of the president? >> now as we enter these last very few minutes of this campaign, i shall like to speak to all of you people there in your living rooms for just a moment, just as i talk to you throughout this whole campaign. that is, while i speak to each
group, i'm speaking to all of you. to working men and women, to wives and mothers, professional people, white collar people, that gray so often forgotten class, young, old, everybody, farmers, city dwellers and everything. the first thing i want to express is my warm thanks. warm thanks. to all of you. not just those who took part in this magnificent show and brought such a threeing performance here but to all of you whether or not i have had the great privilege of meeting you during campaign. but just because you are american. now, my friends, during this campaign, there's been a graet grave speculation about what happened to me. the opposition, a lost problem of its own, took to the program of saying the old ike has
something's happened to him. he changed. now actually, this is a little bit odd because anyone wanting to take the trouble to listen or to read again the things that i said during all the years in columbia would find that i said exactly the same thing i have been saying recently. in fact i repeated the general beliefs by which i live, just at the beginning of this campaign. and i put them down in ten point and the first one was to increase america's strength. spiritual, creative and material strength. and the second waone was just t win a lasting peace. secured by the strength of the free world. next one with a is it build prosperity. not based on war. then to make america's promise of equality a living fact for all-americans and the next one, to strengthen and expand
measures for security and welfare of the people. then to protect the earnings and savings of the people from the double toll of high prices and high taxes. to serve the worthy iners of every group and it make the single test for each policy, is it good for all-americans? and next is just restore arms duty to government. men to ensure our means to guard our basic rights for those who serve in our government shall be americans of tested loyalty. and finally, to revive in every american the faith that he can achieve a better future for himself. and for his family. now my friends, those things are a part of my life. i believe them. i believe government must devote itself to making those things come true. not just as a governmental activity but through encouragement, leadership,
private enterprise, municipalities, in the state, everywhere where americans live. and for the faith which makes me believe these things that they can be done, that america has a glorious future, that we haven't even stopped you. that we are now going into this new atomic age, these new adventures of science that are are going to carry us forward. i believe we have got a standard of living, a standard of security, of both individual and nice and going to outdo anything we have ever heard of. i want to tell you where i got that faith. some of you may know i was born in denson, texas and raised one of six boys. we were very poor. and here is what i think my first and possibly my greatest item of faith and prize in the united states arose. the glory of america is we didn't know a thing.
i had to grow up before i knew that measured by anybody's standards that we were poor. our parent were deeply religious. they lived their religion. the bible was a very living thing in their lives from morning until night. everyday. everyday of the week, every week of the year. i remember so well my mother's favorite story was of lincoln's the three cents he happened to joef charge a customer one day. he walked miles through the rain and mud to take it home. she was a great pacifist. she was born in the civil war and she grew up with heart of gold. i think you heard it when i went into the army. but so much believing in the right of us to choose ace own call sheg never for a moment stood in my way. first was world war 2 then normandy. then as you know, i have been
given different types of honors by all the allied governments that were associated with that war. but out of all of them, i think the greatest thing that i brought back from war was a knowledge of friendship with thousands, literally hundreds of thousands of gis. i know of no single gi that didn't believe that i was his friend. that i would try to do whatever i could for him as long as he lived. whether he were in civil life, stayed in the army, and but especially if he were a disabled vet. and i promised also to all those men that the care of the orphan and of the women whose father or whose husband never came home, i promised them i would always do my best for them. that promise still holds. and it doesn't make any difference where i am. i can be in civil life, content
president of my university, or on a farm or in a position of highest responsibility, but i shall never forget, america's onabon hi ga obligation to all those veterans of all services. now i'm fortunate enough to work with america's youth. i believe in them. america's youth ownes this country. if i'm lucky, say i own 20 years worth of america but every youngster owns 60 years. it is very important for him to make certain that the decisions we make now are those that he once made. now finally, after i went to nato and came homeworking there in the cause of peace to which i'm dedicated, i became a candidate. one of the reasons is, so many of my friend made me think, led me to believe there possibly was a service here, that i can do.
and so, because i love this land that's been so good to me and my family, conferred high honors upon me, entrusted in me their most entrusted possessions. young people in war. young men and women. young liberty, i still want to serve america. so if you want to summon me to your service, i promise i shall still serve the cause of peace. >> what you saw with a was a kenscope, fill. reproduction showing eisenhower on election eve 1952. incidentally i think you have to admit that president looks even better at the end of this campaign than he did when he finished the campaign of '52. now early in his remarks you will remember the president named the ten general beliefs by which he has always lived. he promised in 1952 if he were elected president would he make those ten beliefes a living reality for each of us. now for the record, let's see on film just how the president lived up to the promises he made to us four years ago tonight. may we see the film, please?
♪ ♪ >> you put your faith in dwight eisenhower four years ago. you felt that he would keep his word. so by an overwhelming vote, you elected him as your president. now have you a right to ask, has the president kept the promises he made to me? well, let's look at his record and see. first he pledged to win a just and lasting peace secured by the strength of the free world. >> to win a just and lasting peace. that one promise ike started to make good on even before he was inaugurated. as president-elect, he went to korea to see if co-ehe could ene war that already brought the casualty list to 160,000 american homes.
soon after he became president, ike made good his promise. then by the tens of thousands, america's youth started coming home. eisenhower had brought peace in korea. well, today, like war, must be vigorously waged. so iej wakke waged peace. with fabulous new weapons, new planes and ultra modern ships. all designed to deter any possible enemy attack. ike waged peace by enlisting the cooperation of other free nations by strengthening them so that they too could play their part in defending their common ideas. at every turn he dealt firmly
with communist aggression as in geneva where he won the first great psychological victory in years by challenging the russians to allow neutral inspections and the president has fought for peace just as he promised he would. now what about the other promises ike made to you four years ago? how about his second promise? >> to build prosperity, not based on war. >> the united states has had no war. and yet you have had prosperity. the best times of your life. more of you are working now than ever before. and your wages and take-home pay are higher than at any time in history. and because times are good, you can also afford to buy more of the things you make. on the farm front ike created surpluses he inherited.
surpluses keeping farm prices depressed for years to come. and eisenhower owe ridriginated oil bank designed to reduce surpluses and raise farm income. now this year farm prices and farm income have both gone up and you farmers can see a truly bright future ahead. but what of ike's other pledges to you? such as his third promise -- >> to protect the earnings and savings of the people from a double toll of high prices and high taxes. >> remember how for many years before eisenhower became president, you might get a raise? but then prices would go up and you were right back where you started or even worse. in the eight years before eisenhower the cost of loving skyrocketed up 50%. but in four years, with ike, that cost of living has edged up less than 3%. yes, ike stopped inflation just as he promised he would.
he also reduced the cost of operating your government and cut taxes by 7.5 million dollars. nearly all of the savings in the income tax went to you in the lower income brackets. the result is that you now have more dollars to spend. dollars that are sound dollars. four years ago ike also promised to -- >> strengthen and extend measures for the security and welfare of the people. >> that's why ike created the first new federal department in 40 years to guard your health, theed kag of your children, the welfare of your family. that why he had the benefits of social security broadened to include more than $10 million of you who never enjoyed this protection before ike became president. that's why he placed before congress his dynamic plan for federal aid to help solve the problem of the nation's schools.
and why he introduced so many new health measures. the president made a fifth pledge to you four years ago, that was -- >> to make america's promise of eequal ate living fact for all-americans. >> mr. dwight eisenhower, america's minority groups faired better than under any president since abraham lincoln. those of you who are negros, especially recognize ike as man whose deeds point the way it a brighter future for you. in factories that do business with a government, he has ended discrimination. in the government itself, he has made sure that you are awarded opportunities for jobs. and in the armed forces, he has made the principle of economy an
accomplished fact. yes, it was during the eisenhower administration that the barriers of segregation were lowered, that equality of all guaranteed by the constitution became a living reality. four years ago, the president also promised to -- >> to serve the worthy interests of every group and yet to make the single test for each policy good for all-americans. >> is it good for all-americans? that's the yardstick with which ike measures every decision he has to make. the big difference between ike and presidents that preceded him, is that eisenhower puts principle above political expediency. remember, ike's seven j promise. >> to restore honesty to government. >> you know that he has restored honesty to government. he appointed to his team men
whose experience uniquely fitted them for their jobs. many who like him rezum bled and achieved success in the american way on merit. and ike balanced your federal budget. he implemented his pledge of integrity when he promise -- >> to ensure the means which guard our basic rights, that those who serve in our government shall be americans of tested loyalty. >> before eisenhower took office the incredible way which communists infiltrated government, atmosphere of fear and suspicious, ike ended all this and did it in a way that safeguarded the rights of every innocent individual. he restored dignity to all who serve in your government from the humblest clerk to the
presidency itself. four years ago, ike also promised -- >> to increase america's strength, its spiritual, its creative and its material strength. >> because ike has faith new and your future, he has done everything in his power to help you achieve your most sacred goals, increasing security and happiness for you and your family. a better home to live in and better schools for your children. yes, since the day he entered west point, ike has dedicated his whole life to your service and to the fulfillment of the last promise he made to you four years ago. >> to revive in every american the faith that he can achieve a better future for himself and for his family. >> that faith has been revived. you have seen it. felt it. lived it. four full years of peace and
prosperity under a truly great leader. to the world at large he is dwies d. eisenhower, president to the greatest nation on earth. but to you and me, he is just plain ike. husband, father, grandfather. a warm and human individual much like you yourself. rarely is a man so well fitted to meet the challenge of his times. and the name dwight d. eisenhower is engraved in history as soldier, educator, president. you want man who keeps his word, man with the faith, the wisdom and courage to lead america to a secure peace and to an even greater abundance of the good things of life in which you all will share. you need ike.
we all need ike. >> ladies and gentlemen, the president of the united states, and mrs. eisenhower. the vice president of the united states and mrs. nixon. and mrs. eisenhower. the vice president of the united states and mrs. nixon. now, the vice president. >> this is a very great privilege this evening to be here with the president and mrs. eisenhower and with pat, mrs. nixon, to speak on this final election eve program. i know that we've all been tremendously impressed by the rallies held all over the country to note the great enthusiasm for reelection of president eyes eisenhower and continuation of the policies. i might give an impression we have had in traveling to 36 states and seeing literally thousands of people a during the past six weeks. the impression is that the people of the united states are are happy today because they're
getting the kind of government they want. i found that around the country, regardless of our partisan affiliations, regardless of what our occupations may be, that the american people want pretty much the same things from government. they want a government that is honest. they want a government under which they can make a good living. they want a government which provides security for the future or where they had the opportunity to work out a security program. and they want also, a government above all which can keep the peace for america. and on all of thesish ice. american people believe that eisenhower administration has measured up and for that reason the president's appeal throughout the country is bigger than the republican party. it's as big as america itself. democrats, independent, republicans, americans, all over this planned, are swinging behind the president because
they want four more years of the kind of government they've had in the last four years. and because of the performance of the last four years, they see the great promise of the future. i think i might close my part of this program by referring to a very interesting item i noted in a magazine recently. the question was raised while the president was in seattle, after a long day of hard campaigning, why it was that he was seeking this second term. and according to the man writing the article, the president thought a moment, then he said, why do i want a second term? i want a second term for one real reason. i want to finish what i've started. i believe that the american people want the president to have the chance to finish what he started. because they believe that his leadership will promise not only continued prosperity but
progress in the future and also keeping the peace for america. my friends all over america, four years ago on election eve, pat and dick and i were privileged to meet in a little meeting like this and talk to television to the mass of americans. not only those who gather in the rallies of that night who had been supporting and working for our program all through that campaign, but americans that happened to be looking into the televisions that evening. we told what we were doing and what we wanted to do for the next four years.
so tonight we're meeting in the same kind of a little get together but in the white house instead of in boston. we regret deeply we couldn't go to boston and stop at hartford on the way as we planned. as a matter of fact, one of the disappointmentes of this campaigncy couldn't go to the state of my birth, texas. i wanted to visit two other states that honored a meeting with their support, dick and me and 52 oklahoma. we'll have to working here in the white house, i have with others worked out a simple set
of principles that we tried to apply to every problem of government that we meet. the first of these is very simple. very true. there that saul you know. the individual of supreme importance. nows awe apply the principle of individual dignity and problems of government, you find you have constantly a greater respect in the local government, the government that is closer to that individual. you have great confidence in the energies of 168 million people to do the job of the developing american. governments function is to provide the climate in which those people can work in confidence and security. and then the next principle that we observed is this. the spirit of our spem the stre --
the spirit of our people is the strength of our nation. it's in the heart, the heart that venerates the heritage we have from our fathers. the heritage of freedom of self government. that is the basic strength of america. the next principle is america does not prosper unless all americans prosper. and so while we believe that many groups have special problems, nur our principle, none has special privileges. everything is settled on the basis of what is good for all of us. every american, man, woman and child whatever his station, his calling, his religion or his race. next we believe that government must have a heart as well as a head. by this we mean that government must concern itself in pointing the way and leading wait to the
great social security programs to the health of our people. the education of our people. to make certain that all these are available as an average american citizens has a right to expect them. and then we wrote another statement that we call a principle was this. courage and principle cooperation and practice make freedom a positive thing. i might apply this principle for you to the problem of civil rights. we believe with the constitution in the ee equality of every single american. we believe that in getting the cooperation that comes about from willing working together of americans you achieve much more
than you do just by writing down a hard and fixed victim of law and say everybody must conform. force is often not the best way to get anything done as we have found out in our international affairs. we must secure cooperation of those people who have the same values in life. our next principle is this -- the purpose of government is to serve. never to dominate. this means that conscience rather than force is the key to action whether it be something you're contemplating at home or indeed in a conference among heads of state abroad. and we feel this. to stay free, we must stay strong. and again, i don't mean merely military strength. we must have economic strngengt
that increases the standard of living and to provide a healthful life where there is ample opportunity for recreation, intellectual advancement and development of real spiritual strength. that is the kind of thing we're talking about. we believe in the cause of freedom and justice and peace for all peoples. now i know of no single principle of all that is more important than this one. because, my friends, everything that happens abroad these days affects us at home. we found this to be especially true lately. our attentions, our anxieties, our concerns for people being
down trodden, people being exploited, even killed for their love of freedom. that affects us because again we know that just like peace, freedom is individual. it is free people that want to keep the peace. therefore, people don't want war. any free government is one that can be tested. we have a very large stake in the freedom of every people wherever they may be just as we do in our own. we do not believe in second class citizens. and there can nobody second class nations before the law all are equal. let us remember that. now tomorrow is the day that we practice the privilege of free voting. and we stop to think that tonight there are thousands of people trod risk their lives,
actually dying for this price of privilege. it seems almost redundant for any of us to have to be reminded that it is a priceless privilege that can be preserved best only through exercising it. if we don't vote, then we are forfeiting one of the great privileges we have of participating in the decisions of this country. i am not speaking now of how you vote. i'm talking about the act itself. to be a free person, to exercise that right so that you will be using your best judgement for the benefit of yourselves, your children, your country, the entire future for the whole world. that is a thing that we must do. so if i could make one request of all of you this evening, it would be merely this.
that when you wake up in the morning, start telephoning any friend that you think may have overlooked the fact that it's election day and that they should vote. do this even grou to the poll yourself. and then go there and register your decision. i will tell you one thing. whatever that decision is, the four people in this room pat and dick and mimi and i will accept it not only wholeheartedly but we will continue to do our best in no matter what capacity we may be serving to be true americans. and no person can aspire to a greater privilege and a greater army. you have done me a very great courtesy in allowing me to come in your living room this is evening. i thank you sincerely. god bless each of you. good night.
>> you've been guests in this white house on they election eve in 1956. from san francisco, colorado, chicago, illinois, from philadelphia, pennsylvania, from houston, texas, and from detroit, michigan, from springfield, missouri, and from the white house in washington, d.c., citizens for eisenhower-nixon and organization of democrats and independents and republicans united to elect dwight d. eisenhower have brought you a victory report on the he eve of the election. and it has been an enthusiastic report as we have all seen tonight coming from those various parts of the nation which i have just named. four more years. four more years for dwight d. eisenhower and richard m. nixon. remember, tomorrow in s. election day.
it's your duty to vote. and now good night from the white house in washington, d.c. owe. the co-chairs sit down to talk about the presidential raise on the final dave the 2016 election. watch live. the same morning on c-span3, a look at the u.s. health care system and future of medicaid at a conference hosted by the national association of medicaid directors. that gets under way at 9:00 a.m. eastern. >> c-span, where history unfolds daily n 1979, c-span was created by a public service by america's
television cable companies and brought you to by your cable or satellite provider. >> now on "american history tv, a program produced for the 1964 campaign of president lyndon johnson. hear it on national television on the eve of the general election, the half hour program begins with remarks by johnson's running mate hubert humphrey and includes remarks by lady bird johnson and the president himself. lyndon johnson defeated barry goldwatter in the 1964 election winning more than 61% of the popular vote and carrying 44 states. >> this program was prerecorded earlier today shortly before president johnson and his family left for texas and they join other maernz in casting their